Group of military personnel to be honored as they walk through La Vergne

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La Vergne will once again provide a patriotic welcome to “Carry the Load” as they pass through the city on May 16 between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.

City officials, fire fighters, and police will join the Carry the Load walkers as they pass through the city.  In addition local veterans, surviving families, and other residents are invited to participate.  You may opt to walk with the team from the La Vergne/Smyrna city limit on Murfreesboro Road or from Lillian Buchanan Drive next to the U.S. Post Office, ending at City Hall.   Citizens not walking are encouraged to wear patriotic colors and carry U.S. flags to welcome the walkers along Murfreesboro Road. 

“I am humbled to walk with Carry the Load for a third year as they pass through La Vergne. It is an honor to host this courageous group of military personnel,” said Mayor Senna Mosley.

Carry the Load was founded by former Navy Seals on a mission to bring back the true meaning of Memorial Day.  To honor the men and women who gave their lives in service to the nation, the group is walking 1,700 miles from West Point, New York to Dallas, Texas, and will pass through La Vergne on Friday, May 16. One lane of Murfreesboro Road will be closed when they reach La Vergne, so traffic going north/west toward Nashville will be impacted.

“It is always an honor to salute the men and women who perished while serving our county,” said Police Chief Mike Walker. “I hope residents of La Vergne will again line Murfreesboro Road as these national heroes pass through our city to honor the fallen heroes.”

Individuals, businesses or organizations may sponsor segment(s) of the relay in an effort to help families of fallen heroes. All funds raised will be donated to Carry the Load’s primary beneficiaries, Snowball Express and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, two organizations hyper-focused on supporting surviving families.

Along the 27-day relay, Carry the Load is collecting stories of American soldiers, police officers, fire fighters, first responders and other service men and women who have carried the burden and lost their lives in the line of duty. To submit a story or to learn how to sponsor a leg of the journey, visit the Carry the Load website at www.CarryTheLoad.org.

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